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         Jeffrey Fong is a cantonese composer currently based in Montréal, Canada. He studied music composition at McGill Schulich School of Music(Bmus 2018’) under the guidance of John Rea and Melissa Hui. He then received mentorship under the distinguished composer and music educator Alan Belkin. Recent engagement includes participating in Orford Musique’s composition workshop, under the guidance of composer Christos Hatzis. As part of the program, his composition Flora was premiered under the direction of Véronique Lacroix, conductor of Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal. In the summer of 2023, Jeffrey participated in an intensive composition workshop hosted by Domaine Forget de Charlevoix, under the guidance of British composer Julian Anderson.

         In August 2024, Jeffrey will be part of a highly selected group of composers to participate in the very first Cumnock Tryst composition course in Scotland, led by composers Sir James Macmillan and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

         His very first orchestral composition Through Shattering Snow and Fallen Glass was the finalist of the 6th Tampa Bay Symphony International Composition Competition, and received a reading directed by Mark Sforzini.

         A recent composition Rondo Squilibrato, which is Jeffrey’s take on blending elements of jazz, contemporary, and classical forms will be recorded and released by record label Odd Sounds with collaborative pianist Joanne Kang (from Carnegie Hall’s: “ensemble connect”) as well as acclaimed jazz performers Jim Doxas (drums) and Adrian Vedady (bass).

         Notable upcoming projects include a commission for a newly formed Ensemble Éclat, as well as a commission for a new ATMA Classique album with the support of the Canadian Art Council, to be released in 2025. 

         To Jeffrey, the term “accessibility” by no means contains negative connotations. For him, accessible-sounding music is not equal to giving up artistic quality and intricacy. Jeffrey’s musical vision aims to create strong communication with the audiences, and deliver touching emotional voyages through the music.

         With a cultural heritage of Hong Kong and diverse professional experiences outside of music, Jeffrey draws inspiration from various sources and artfully implements them into his music. Being raised in Hong Kong, the color of the city and the cultural-rich environment shaped his vision in music composition. His compositions are characterized by two key qualities: warmth and intensity, attributes closely intertwined with his formative years in Hong Kong.

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